Honey Scrubs!

Todays lesson: You Can Have Your Honey And The Bees Can Eat It Too

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     My name Melissa in Latin means honeybee or Mile.  Since my mother told me this as a child I’ve always felt I had a special connection with these creatures.  As I continue to learn respect for all living things I’ve also learned how important bees are to us humans, and our ecosystems.  Bees are responsible for pollinating 75% of the United States fruits, vegetables and nuts.  This is an incredible amount of our food supply, not to mention the food supply of other animals that depend on pollinators.  Two issues we all need to be aware of is colony collapse and making sure bees are getting the honey they need to be healthy.  Humans are responsible for both of these issues facing bees.  Loss of habitat, pesticides and disease have taken their toll on the bee population.  In the 1940’s there were around 6 million managed hives in the US now there are only around 2.3 million.  Bees need a lot of diversity in flowers and flowering plants to stay healthy, but because we and other nations are factory farming so few crops and focusing on mono-crops like soybeans, corn and wheat the bees are suffering from this lack of diversity.

Supporting local diverse farms is one way we can help and buying organic which doesn’t use pesticides is another.   We should also be trying to support policies that help all these issues.  One more thing we need to do is get our honey from responsible apiaries (bee keepers) that make sure they save enough honey for their bees to live off of.  A lot of hives are deprived of their precious honey when it’s harvested for humans.  The honey is supposed to be the food that feeds the bees but often it’s replaced with unhealthy sweeteners that aren’t good for them.  When buying honey make sure you look for local, raw honey that states its responsibility to the bees.  Just make sure the honey you buy is “raw” if it’s not raw than that means the honey has been pasteurized, a process which causes the honey to lose a lot of its nutrients.

The benefits of honey are vast, it’s amazing for you internally and externally.  Honey is a great source of vitamins and minerals that when ingested can help with everything from allergies, to ulcers, to blood pressure.  Externally it’s just as incredible.  This “liquid gold” acts as a healing agent that can be put on pimples and cuts.  Honey is antimicrobial while also being extremely moisturizing and nourishing.  Below I’ve listed some incredible scrubs and masks that your skin will love.  These facial and body scrubs are so easy to make and even edible!! They are great for your skin and au natural!

Oily, normal or dry skin: Honey Sugar Scrub & Mask

¼ cup raw, organic honey

¼ cup organic sugar

In a bowl or airtight container (if you want to keep) mix together the ingredients, you can add a little water to this to make it more pliable but just be patient and mix together with a fork.  Apply to a clean face and gently massage in upward circles all over, be gentle with the eye area, I also love to put this on my lips.  Leave on the skin for 10 to 30 minutes, the more time the better.  Remove with warm water and a washcloth or better yet do this the shower or bath.  This is a 2 in one scrub and mask, which will leave your skin baby soft, bright and hydrated.  You can do this scrub/mask 1 to 3 times a week.

Acne prone skin: Healing Honey Scrub & Mask

¼ cup rolled oats

¼ cup raw organic honey

Put the oats in a food processor or blender and pulse to chop them up until they’re more of a powder, but they will still have texture.  Oatmeal is very soothing for irritated acne skin as is the honey.  Since the oatmeal still has texture it will help gently exfoliate the skin without being too abrasive.  The oatmeal and honey are  healing and calming while the honey is antimicrobial.  Blend these two together and massage onto the face in upward circles, leave on for 10-30 minutes.  Remove with warm water and a washcloth.  This is a great mask to do in the shower or bath.  You can do this twice a week.

All skin types

Honey Honey Mask: This mask is great for all skin types because it’s just honey! That’s right just put raw organic honey all over your face for 10-30 minutes.  It’s a great hydrating, nourishing and antibacterial mask all on its own.  Remove with warm water and a washcloth.

Honey and Yogurt Mask:

¼ cup raw organic honey

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

This mask combines all the amazing benefits of honey with the lactic acid in yogurt.  Lactic acid is why Cleopatra used to take milk baths.  The gentle acid in the yogurt will help dissolve dead skin cells, help with cell turnover and give your skin a lovely glow.  This is a great anti-aging mask.  Apply to the whole face and leave on for 10-30 minutes.  Remove with warm water and a washcloth.

Sweet and Salty Body Scrub:

¼ cup raw organic honey

¼ cup organic olive oil

¼ cup organic sugar

¼ cup kosher salt

Mix all these ingredients together and get into the shower!! Gently scrub each body part trying to leave the mixture on the skin for a minute or so.  Your body will feel beautifully buffed and moisturized!  This is great to do before a night out or when you’ll be showing some skin 😉

Here’s to your skin’s health and the health of the bees!! By making more responsible purchases we can make a huge difference.

-Melissa Melis

References

http://nehasadana.hubpages.com/hub/Honey-face-masks-skin-Benefits-of-Honey

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf

http://www.naturalnews.com/035493_raw_honey_health_benefits_antibacterial.html

 

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